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Develop the skills you need to imagine, build and test the next generation of games before they hit the market.

What Will I Learn?

Turn your love of gaming into a lucrative career and gain high-demand skills normally unavailable outside a professional environment. During this four-semester associate degree program, you’ll create at least one game and build the technical skill set to work as a game designer or game developer. You can also choose to continue on to a four-year school to earn a bachelor’s degree in computer science.

Virtual reality is the hottest trend in gaming. You’ll have access to the industry-standard hardware and software you need to create these games for your portfolio. You can build motion-capture skills in our 548-square-foot motion capture studio with AAA-grade hardware and specialized Unity™ software.

You’ll apply math and physics to model a realistic game world. Through teamwork and cooperation you’ll better understand game production pipelines, creation and use of game engines and tools, and the game industry.

Choose from two tracks. In four semesters, you can graduate with an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in:

Game Design – It’s all about the creative vision. As a designer, you work in teams to develop the game world, quests and combat. You determine the mood, style and mechanics of the game, including the assets and animation. You need strong communication and collaboration skills.

Game Programming – It’s all about the code. As a programmer, you take a designer’s concept and make it reality through computer languages such as C#, C++ and Python. As a developer, you need strong teamwork and problem-solving skills.

More artist than designer or programmer? Check out Animation and Game Art.


JCCC was one of the first schools in the nation to offer this program. Instructors know exactly how fast technology changes and evolves — and have the wisdom to keep up. The tracks are designed to let you concentrate wholly on developing the technical skills relevant to your career.

Game Development instructors attend conferences yearly, including GDC, the world's largest professional game industry event. They stay on top of trends and technology, bringing the best back to your classroom. Choose from online and in-person classes to best suit your personal learning style.

Should you decide to pursue an associate or bachelor of science degree, you can take the general education requirements in your last year of study. You’ll also complete the 4-credit course GAME 250 Game Capstone, where you’ll apply the foundations of game design and game programming to a significant original game.

For more opportunities to build your portfolio and have fun, check out these College-sponsored clubs and organizations:

  • Computer Club – Get real-world experience creating programs, apps and games.
  • Animation Association – Establish contacts, create and critique media, and get the tools you need to enter a competitive but rewarding job market.
  • eSports Club – Compete with other colleges and universities in online and local matches.
  • Video Game Club – Everyone is welcome to stop by and play, from beginner to boss.
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The gaming industry is valued at $100 billion-plus worldwide. With an AAS from JCCC, you could work as a:

  • game programmer
  • engine or tool programmer
  • AI programmer
  • user interface developer
  • level designer
  • quality assurance tester
  • simulation builder

You can also continue on at a four-year institution to achieve a bachelor’s in game design, game programming, or game production.

Potential earnings fall within a wide spread for this highly competitive market. In 2017, the lowest 10 percent reported earnings of less than $39,330, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $123,060.

Download the Animation and Game Development Program Outlook (PDF) for employment projections and salary information.

Need help with career decisions? Visit the Career Development Center.

Money matters. JCCC is working hard to make tuition affordable for you.

Here’s what we offer:

Supplies and textbook costs vary depending on your classes.